Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from January 2008

Big Media Tracy

January 31st, 2008 · 3 Comments

Matt Bai of the NY Times has a blog post up about my friend Tracy Russo,  who was the Edwards’ campaigns main blogger. It’s a pretty on-point story about what it’s like to be a staffer for a campaign that’s just ended and a lot of it resonated with my experience starting the process of […]

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Tags: John Edwards

Anger & Bluster

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off on Anger & Bluster

Lambert at Corrente makes a great case, a la Mike Caulfield, that sides matter in American politics. Do we really need the kind of politics that tells us to lay back and enjoy it? The country can’t afford to wait for Obama to discover that his strategy of conciliation has failed. Do the math. Reid […]

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Tags: Barack Obama

SFT’s Facebook Challenge

January 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Facebook Causes has been running a giving challenge over the last 49 days. The contest, sponsored by The Case Foundation, has been phenomenally interesting to watch. The challenge is simple: what Facebook cause can collect the donations from the most unique individuals over the course of 50 days. There are smaller contests for you can […]

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Tags: Technology · Tibet & China

Mike Caulfield’s Right

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off on Mike Caulfield’s Right

Mike Caulfield, co-founder of Blue Hampshire, included this passage in a comment here on my first post on Bob Cesca and blogger endorsements. I’m not interested in helping either of these candidates win at this point. I’m interested in helping them be better candidates. That means applying pressure to Obama to stop his fetishization of […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Hillary Clinton

More on Bloggers & Endorsements

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off on More on Bloggers & Endorsements

I wanted to add another layer to my response to Bob Cesca’s call for blogger endorsements of Barack Obama. One of the reasons we probably haven’t seen more blogger endorsements of the presidential candidates is that, contrary to media narratives about our field, this is not the greatest assembly of Democratic pols ever. Yes, there […]

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Tags: Democrats

Senate Updates

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off on Senate Updates

Senate Democrats are meeting today to strategize around FISA, while negotiations take place between Senators Reid and McConnell over what the legislative calendar will look like. Paul Kiel at TPM Muckraker has a good update on the negotiations between Democratic and Republican leadership in the Senate on how to proceed with consideration of amendments to […]

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Tags: Rule of Law

Bloggers Don’t Have to Choose

January 31st, 2008 · 3 Comments

Bob Cesca is one of my favorite bloggers. The “Morning Awesome” series of posts is alway an awesome way to start my morning. Cesca’s very pro-Obama, as I’ve noticed a few other people are too. However, following John Edwards’ exit from the presidential race yesterday, Cesca offers up an unrestrained call for endorsements in a […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Hillary Clinton


January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off on Frustration

There are some days when I wonder if it wouldn’t be more satisfying to throw my computer at a brick wall than continue to inform myself of the Bush administration’s march away from democracy, the legislature’s commitment to doing nothing to stymie these activities, and the media’s refusal to treat any of this as worthy […]

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Tags: George W. Bush

MacBook Air

January 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on MacBook Air

Via Joel Johnson, what may well be an early draft of the MacBook Air ad…

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Tags: Technology

There Will Be Blood

January 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on There Will Be Blood

Roy at alicublog has a review of There Will Be Blood that really captures what makes this such a powerful and disturbing movie. I saw it a couple weeks ago and had trouble fully circumscribing the film in a way that allowed me to adequately respond to it. I recommend giving Roy’s review a read, […]

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Tags: Living